While reading today's Nancy, in which Sluggo leans reflectively against the fourth wall without ever really breaking it, I decided to explore the characters' looks over the years. The characters themselves have remained remarkably similar over the decades, but Nancy herself did get an electrifying pop-art makeover in the sixties and seventies at the hands of Andy Warhol and Joe Brainard. Check it out:
Above is Andy Warhol's "Nancy," from 1961
This is Brainard's "If Nancy was a painting by de Kooning," from 1975.
Above is Brainard's "Nancy diptych," 1974.
This last selection from Brainard is titled "If Nancy was a da Vinci sketch." There are a couple more by Joe entitled "If Nancy was a boy" and "If Nancy was an ashtray," but those are decidedly NAFTGCB (Not appropriate for the GoComics Blog), so you won't find them here.
The last artist I should credit here is Guy Gilchrist, who has been writing and illustrating Nancy since 1995. The whimsy, humor and charm Guy brings to the strip keep it lively after nearly a century. Not many people could pull that off AND hold down a career as a country singer, but Guy does it with gusto. Check out some of his tunes here.